HELPING HAND: Rural Aid founder Charles Alder.
HELPING HAND: Rural Aid founder Charles Alder. Shirley Way

Nominate a town in the southwest for a facelift

AS THE worst drought in history continues to take its toll, Rural Aid is launching a campaign aimed at providing 10 drought affected towns with a makeover.

Established within Rural Aid's ongoing Sustainable Community program, the 10 country towns will receive a minimum of $100,000 each over five years.

Working with town leaders, the money will be spent developing plans through facilitated workshops to support the long-term sustainability of the town and local community.

Rural Aid CEO Charles Alder said he wanted Queensland towns to nominate and be part of the initiative.

"Unfortunately, small town decline is real with some suggesting over 70 per cent are at risk,” Mr Alder said.

"Take these towns out of the equation and the local ecosystem is impacted forever - there are enough case studies of rural towns that have reversed the trend and created successful thriving

communities to know that anything is possible.

"Our community program lifts morale and injects much needed capital into the local community.”

Rural Aid will partner with experts in regional town renewal who will work with town leaders to develop the long-term renewal strategy.

Rural Aid's Farm Army of volunteers (usually between 50-100) will also spend a week in the town undertaking a range of infrastructure projects which town leaders identify as important to the town and community.

The selection process will include an evaluation and assessment of the town's vision and leadership capability.

Nominations close September 30, 2019.

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